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IIFT exam analysis and expected cut offs are published here for MBA aspirants who appear for the IIFT entrance exam. It is a 2 hours duration paper. There are multiple choice questions with 4 options each. Knowing the analysis of IIFT MBA entrance exam and IIFT cut offs as expected by the analysis will help you assess your chances as well as prepare for other MBA entrance exams.

For IIFT 2017-2018 analysis of exam held on 3 Dec 2017, click here.

IIFT Exam Pattern and Analysis of 2016-2017

Exam date: 27 Nov 2016

Maximum marks that can be scored in the MBA entrance exam is 100 marks. The marking scheme was different for each section, however a uniform 1/3 negative marking was applicable for entire paper.

Difficulty level of exam – It will be expected that IIFT would throw in some surprises like every year. Logical Reasoning section was said to be the toughest and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation were easier. IIFT 27 Nov 2016 exam was a little tougher compared to last year.

Exam Pattern – The first point of importance is the exam pattern. Every year the pattern changes slightly. Questions are asked on various topics. IIFT 2017 exam pattern highlights the sections of question paper, number of questions in each, marks per question.

Section number Section Number of questions Marks per question Total marks
Section 1 General awareness 25 0.5 12.5
Section 2 Part 1 Reading comprehension 16 1 16
Section 2 Part 2 English usage 20 0.75 15
Section 3 Quantitative ability 20 1 20
Section 4 Part 1 Logical reasoning 22 0.75 16.5
Section 4 Part 2 Data interpretation 20 1 20
Total 123 100

Time spent – To complete the paper and do so accurately, the ideal time that could have been spent on GA, RC-VA, QA, LR-DI would be 8-10 minutes, 25-30 minutes, 30-35 minutes, 40-45 minutes.

Expected cut off – Each candidate has a more or less good idea of how many questions they have marked correctly. With the further knowledge of expected cut offs, it becomes simpler to take decision on what to do next. Cut offs are projected based on factors such as

  • Past year cut offs
  • Difficulty level of exam
  • Number of test taker
  • Minimum expectations of the organizing body
Section Number of questions Total marks Good attempts Expected sectional cut off
Section 1 – General awareness 25 12.5 10-12 2
Section 2 – Reading comprehension, English usage 36 31 24-27 6.5
Section 3 – Quantitative ability 20 20 14-16 6.25
Section 4 – Logical reasoning, Data interpretation 42 36.5 22-24 7.25

According to coaching centers and individual education experts the expected IIFT cut off is between 42-46. However the final data on cut off is as per decision of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

General Awareness

Topic Number of questions
Current affairs 6
Economics 7
Sports 2
Books 1
Geography 1
History 1
Polity 1
Science 1
Others 5
Total 25

Most difficult questions – History, Geography, Books

Moderately difficult questions – Current affairs, Economics, Sports

Easy questions – Polity

Overall difficulty level – Moderate

Good attempts would be 10-15 and a good score would be 4-5. Each question carried 0.5 marks and negative marking of 0.17.

Reading Comprehension

Passage on Number of questions
Female participation in labour force 4
Manufacturing sector vs service sector 4
Reverse innovation by PepsiCo 4
SLAM in robotics 4
Total 16

Most of the questions were on the easier side.

Overall difficulty level – Easy

Good attempts would be 12-14 and a good score would be 9-10. Each question carried 1 mark and negative marking of 0.33.

English Usage

Topic Number of questions
Cloze test 4
Word meaning 4
Etymology 3
Idioms 3
Antonyms 2
Jumbled Sentences 2
Spelling 2
Total 20

Most difficult questions – Etymology

Moderately difficult questions – Word meaning, cloze test, spelling, idioms

Easier questions – Antonyms, Sentence jumble

Overall difficulty level – Moderate

Good attempts would be 14-15 and a good score would be 10-12. Each question carried 0.75 mark and negative marking of 0.25.

Quantitative Ability

Topic Number of questions
Algebra 7
Permutation Combination and Probability 5
Arithmetic 3
Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry 3
Numbers 1
Set theory 1
Total 20

Moderately difficult questions – Arithmetic, Permutation, Combination, Probability

Easier questions – Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Numbers, Set theory

Overall difficulty level – Moderate

Good attempts would be 14-16 and a good score would be 7-8. Each question carried 1 mark and negative marking of 0.33.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

Topic Number of questions
Bar graph 10
Grouping and arrangement 10
Table 10
Analogy 4
Blood relation 4
Series 2
Syllogism 2
Total 42

Moderately difficult questions – Grouping and arrangement, analogy, series, table, bar graph

Easier questions – syllogism, blood relation

Overall difficulty level – Moderate

Good attempts would be 22-24 and a good score would be 13-14. Each question of LR carried 0.75 mark and negative marking of 0.25. Each question of DI carried 1 mark and negative marking of 0.33.

IIFT Expected Cut Off

Section Expected sectional cut off
Reading Comprehension and English Usage 6 to 9
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 7 to 10
Quantitative Ability 5 to 7
General Awareness 1 to 2

IIFT Exam Pattern and Analysis of 2015-2016

Exam date: 22 Nov 2015

To start with, here is what the exam pattern was of the IIFT MBA Entrance Exam.

Section Subject Questions Marks per qs Total marks
Section 1 Quantitative ability 22 1 22
Section 2 Part 1 – Analytical and Logical reasoning 20 .75 15
Part 2 – Data interpretation 18 1 18
Section 3 Part 1 – Reading comprehension 16 1 16
Part 2 – Verbal ability 20 .75 15
Section 4 General awareness 28 .5 14
Total 124 100

Comfortable attempts and achievable score for each section is as follows.

Section Subject Comfortable attempts Achievable score
Section 1 Quantitative ability 9-13 9-12
Section 2 Part 1 – Analytical and Logical reasoning 10-13 8-10
Part 2 – Data interpretation 5-9 4-6
Section 3 Part 1 – Reading comprehension 9-13 6-8
Part 2 – Verbal ability 10-14 8-10
Section 4 General awareness 8-11 3-5

Section 1 – Quantitative Ability

Sr. no. Description Questions (1 mark each)
1 Alligation and mixture 1
2 Logs 1
3 Profit and loss 1
4 Progression 1
5 Time and work 2
6 Geometry 3
7 Percentages 3
8 Permutation and combination, Probability 4
9 Algebra and equations 5

Section 2 Part 1 – Analytical and logical reasoning

Sr. no. Description Questions (.75 mark each)
1 Alphabetic series 1
2 Blood relations 1
3 Cause and effect 1
4 Syllogism 1
5 Analytical reasoning 15

Section 2 Part 2 – Data interpretation

Sr. no. Description Questions (1 mark each)
1 Bar graph 4
2 Tables 5
3 Multiple graphs 9

Section 3 Part 1 – Reading comprehension

Sr. no. Description Questions (1 mark each)
1 Importance of internet / technology 4
2 Role of steel in economic development 4
3 Policies related to lending and borrowing 4
4 Media persons in politics 4

Section 3 Part 2 – Verbal Ability

Sr. no. Description Questions (.75 mark each)
1 Analogies 1
2 Figures of speech 2
3 Sentence re-arrangement 2
4 Sentence correction and grammar 3
5 Sentence completion 6
6 Vocabulary 6

Section 4 – General knowledge

General knowledge questions in IIFT 2016 exam was on a range of topics. From questions on BRICS and World Bank, to history and geography, GK section was challenging for those who do not read the newspaper or were not aware of static GK topics.

IIFT MBA Entrance Exam Complete Information

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